The Spanish city of Murcia has recently unveiled a public transit program unlike any other in the world. The Murcia public transit program offered lifetime transit passes to citizens who traded their cars to the city.
The traded cars had to meet two criteria: they had to be in working order and they had to be debt-free. Trading cars for lifetime transit passes was just the first step in the city's program as the cars were then disassembled piece by piece by the city's mechanics. The final stage of Murcia's program involved showing just how difficult it was to park in the city. Cars were parked throughout the city in odd ways, such as on top of each other, to show just how inconvenient driving in the city can be.
Murcia's approach to public transit is certainly novel, and one I would like to see taken by more cities. I am sure there are more than a few people out there who would be glad to trade in their gas-guzzling junkers for a transit pass good for a lifetime.
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